NBC10Philadelphia.com - Marisa Brahney
A man accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend with a machete is in the hospital after he was shot by police.
The man accused of attacking a woman with a machete in Vineland, N.J. has been shot by police. The shooting happened around 6:00 p.m. Friday at Route 54 and Weymouth Road in Buena Vista Township.
Eugenio Morales, 43, is accused of stabbing his 41-year-old ex-girlfriend with a machete on the 400 block of South 6th Street in Vineland late Wednesday night.
Investigators say two Buena Borough Police officers spotted Morales walking near Route 54. Police say he attacked officers with a weapon when they approached. At least one officer shot and injured Morales, according to police.
He was flown to Cooper Hospital. His condition is unknown.
Police had been searching for Morales since Wednesday. Police say he stabbed his ex-girlfriend in the back of the neck, face, hands and body with a machete. She was also taken to Cooper Hospital where she is in critical condition. The victim had a restraining order against Morales, police sources told NBC10's Ted Greenberg.
On Friday afternoon, NBC10 talked to his mother who made a tearful plea for her son to surrender.
"I'm feeling really sick about it and I want him to turn himself in," Josefina Diaz said through a translator Friday.